Now is the perfect time to give gifts that promote health and wellness. If anything positive has come from the year 2020, it is a renewed focus on healthy living and wellness that many people like myself have experienced. Whether it be eating a healthier diet, increased hand washing or living a less sedentary lifestyle, finding ways to boost the immune system is paramount these days.
Give someone the gift of healthy living this holiday season. I’ve rounded up some of my personal favorite functional gifts that will help to keep us healthy, safe, and germ-free in the new year. All 10 of these health and wellness products are things I personally use and love.
These health and wellness gifts ideas are not only great for holiday gift giving but also as a gift to help someone kick the new year off right.
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My Top 10 Picks for Health & Wellness Gifts
1. CLEANLIGHT AIR Portable UV Air Purifier
The first item on my list is from KeySmart’s line of Clean products that help keep us and those around us safe. CleanLight Air uses UV-C rays to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria. The portable UV Air Purifier is perfect for your car or the office. It is small enough to fit in a cup holder, yet large enough to purify 161 square feet. I was gifted one and keep it on in my car for an extra layer of protection from germs. In addition to the UVC LED Light, CleanLight Air also has a H13 HEPA FILTER which is a 360 degree air filter that removes 99% of particles including smoke, odors, dust, pet dander, TVOC and air pollution. This is a gift that will keep on giving well into the new year. CleanLight Air retails for $119. Shop Now.
2. Moisturizing Hand Santizer
By early summer my hands had become extremely dry and cracking from using so much hand sanitizer. I went on a quest to find a good sanitizer with moisturizing properties and BioSilk Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer With Soothing Aloe Vera is just that. This extra large 12 fluid ounce pump bottle is perfect for gift giving. Available on Amazon for $11.99.
3. Snuggle Up with Softness
I don’t know what has happened to Florida these last couple of weeks, but it has been quite cold. I tend to run cold on a regular basis, so a plush throw is my go-to for comfort and warmth year round. With winter ahead of us and the pandemic still holding its grip, an ultra-soft and warm blanket would be a much appreciated gift. I recently received the gift of a throw blanket from Sunday Citizen’s fall collection. Oh, my, it is the thickest most plush over-sized throw blanket I’ve ever owned. Now, if only I could keep my dog Mr. Sprinkles off of it. The whole collection of high-quality throw blankets, throw pillows, and lumbar pillows, are influenced by the beach huts in Tulum, the palm trees in Bali, the flowers in Versailles, and the Souks in Tetouan. The beach is my happy place and I love to travel, so I absolutely adore this colorful, global-inspired collection. Love, love, love this blanket! The Tulum chic design double snug plush throw retails for $145. Shop the Sunday Citizen Fall collection here.
4. Find Happiness in a Journal
I can’t stress enough the importance of taking care of one’s mental health. If only I had a dollar for every time I found myself in a funk in 2020. Let’s face it. This has been an extremely stressful year. Find joy in any little way you can, and if journaling is your jam I have the perfect thing for you. And, if you know someone who could use a little cheering up, this under $10 Happiness Journal is a terrific gift. The 5-Minute Happiness Journal: Practices to Help You Tap Into Joy Every Day uses mood-lifting prompts and practices to help you build an enduring satisfaction in who you are. All in just 5 minutes a day. Buy it here on Amazon.
5. Ab Workout Mat
Know someone who misses going to the gym? I haven’t been comfortable going back to the gym yet and don’t see that changing in the immediate future. My 2020 workout routine mostly consists of lots of walking, hand weights, planking, stretching, a few exercises at the portable ballet bar which has taken over a corner of my dining room and 10-minute ab workouts via YouTube. An ab workout mat is an absolute must for someone who has any kind of back pain. I really like the Ab Mat with Tailbone Protector, currently available on Amazon for $28.97. You can get a full range of motion and work your entire core with this mat.
6. Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds
There’s nothing like going for a long walk and listening to some great tunes. It’s one of those things that I try really hard to make time for each day. Apparently, all of my neighbors are doing the same thing. There’s been a crazy amount of foot traffic in my neighborhood since March. I love my Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds. They are the first earbuds I’ve owned that stay snug in the ear and don’t cause any discomfort. Three sizes of EarGels and foam tips ensure a custom fit. Plus, you get the amazing sound quality you would expect from Jabra. The wireless, waterproof earbuds also have an in-ear precision heart rate monitor that works with the integrated Jabra Sport Life app to track/analyze your fitness. These are currently available on Amazon for $174.95.
7. CALM Soaking Salts
Who couldn’t use a little calm right about now? In addition to scenting your bath with the aroma of ylang ylang and vanilla, the Himalayan pink salt crystals and essential oils offer aromatherapeutic benefits and soothe dry skin. This is an “Amazon Choice” for luxury bath salts and they truly make bath time feel luxurious. The 2.25 ounce bottle of soaking salts is available for $18 on Amazon.
8. Eat Well with The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook.
Don’t Diet. Instead, eat well with The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook. While I did lose weight on keto, I found it wasn’t sustainable for me in the long term. I typically don’t do “diets” well in general which is why I have come to love the Mediterranean style of cooking and eating. It’s a lifestyle, not a diet. If you know someone who could us a little inspiration in the kitchen I highly recommend this cookbook. It is my absolute fave! I use the heck out of this cookbook and will be writing more about my transition from keto to the Mediterranean-style of eating in the new year. You can currently get this cookbook on Amazon in paperback for $20.10.
9. Ballet Barre for an At-Home Workout
I mentioned my ballet barre earlier, but think it deserves another mention. You might recall seeing mine pop up on Instagram a time or two. Barre workouts are very popular and it takes me back to my childhood days of ballet class. There are some terrific barre workouts on YouTube. If you know someone who is missing the gym or may want to try something a little different, you can snag a portable ballet bar similar to mine on Amazon for just $99.
10. Everlywell At-Home Food Sensitivity Test
This may be TMI but over the past year I have really suffered from bloating and irregularity. I had made some changes in my diet and something just wasn’t sitting right with me. You know a man truly loves you when he surprises you with an at-home food sensitivity test. That’s just what my fiance, Andy, did for me recently. He purchased one of the Everlywell at-home test kits for me. The simple-to-use kit measures your body’s immune response to 96 foods to help guide you on what types of food may be the best to choose for an elimination diet. It turns out I have a not-so-good reaction to coconut, of all things, and I was consuming a lot of coconut on my new diet. Coconut milk, coconut water, coconut yogurt, ALL the coconut. It’s a healthy fat, right? It’s just not good for me. If you know someone who suffers from gastric discomfort, I recommend the Everlywell At-Home Food Sensitivity Test. You can order the at-home test online for $159.